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Nine arrested in undercover operation at Saddle Creek Park

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Deputies conducted the operation after receiving numerous complaints from the public about lewd acts at the park. Deputies conducted the operation after receiving numerous complaints from the public about lewd acts at the park.
Cyr, 60, is a registered sexual predator who lives in Lakeland. Cyr, 60, is a registered sexual predator who lives in Lakeland.
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - Nine men were arrested Friday at Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland following an undercover operation targeting sex crimes in the area.

Among those arrested a 60-year-old registered sexual predator. Steven Michael Cyr is a Lakeland resident with a lengthy criminal history.

According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report the vice initiative was conducted in response to a large number of complaints from the community about indecent activity occurring at the park.

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The suspects were booked into the Polk County Jail on a variety of charges including soliciting lewd acts. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd hopes Friday’s operation puts a stop to the illegal conduct at Saddle Creek Park.

“Polk County’s parks are beautiful places where you can relax, fish, play and enjoy time together. They are not places for committing lewd acts or exposing yourself,” Judd said. “If you chose to commit illegal acts in our parks, you will be arrested.”

Cyr was released after posting a bond of $250. He earned sexual predator designation after serving nine years in state prison following a conviction out of Hillsborough County for a sex crime involving a child.

In addition to Cyr eight other men were arrested:

- Fred Keith, a 68-year-old Lakeland man, one count of soliciting another to commit a lewd act. Booked into the jail and released on a bond of $250.

- David Giddens, a 51-year-old Eagle Lake resident, same charge, booked into jail and released after posting a bond of $250.

- Peter Fortier, a 55-year-old Lakeland man, charged with one count of soliciting another to commit a lewd act, one count of resisting arrest and one count of battery on a law enforcement officer; booked into the jail and released after posting a bond of $2,250.

- Timothy Reed, a 48-year-old Lakeland man, one count of soliciting another to commit a lewd act.

- Marcel Couture, a 70-year-old Davenport resident, charged with battery.

- Robert Lash, a 76-year-old Lakeland resident, one count of soliciting another to commit a lewd act – 3rd offense and one count of trespassing.

- Thomas Bigsby, a 61-year-old Auburndale man, one count of soliciting another to commit a lewd act.

- David Krusyna, a 49-year-old Auburndale resident, one count of soliciting another to commit a lewd act.

If you see criminal activity occurring in a Polk County park please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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